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  • Establishment Clause And The Free Exercise Clause
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    Freedom of Religion under the First Amendment has been up for interpretation throughout most of the history of the United States. The two controversial parts of Freedom of Religion are the Establishment clause and the Free Exercise clause. The purpose of this paper is to critique the Supreme Court's reasoning behind it's interpretation of these two clauses. The intention of the Freedom of Religion clause is to separate church and state. Two clauses meant to help the court to better apply the ide...
  • Established National Religion
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    Introduction The issue of separation between church and state has invoked great controversy in American society. When asked the question, should schools be allowed to start the day off with a prayer, seventy-two percent polled responded yes (The American National Election Study of 1980). Yet the Supreme Court has continually denied allowing prayer to seep into the public school system. The Supreme Court has repetitively ruled that the infiltration of religion, via prayer, in the public school sy...
  • Government Establishment Of Religion
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    To Thomas Jefferson it was self-evident that religious institutions or sects could not establish, constitute, or have authority in the new American government, nor could government establish religion. When arguing his position, Jefferson sometimes used the carefully worded phrase "ingraft into the machine of government" confirming his concern about those artful clerics or religious extremists who would first inject their religious ideology "into the machine of government" providing them a strate...
  • Court's Standard For The Free Exercise Clause
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    Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Two clauses in the First Amendment guarantee freedom of religion. The establishment clause prohibits the government from passing legislation to establish an official religion or preferring one religion to another. I...
  • Establishment Of Religion
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    Religion & American Culture 11/17/03 The First Amendment: Then and Now In 1791, with the passage of the Bill of Rights, consisting of the first ten amendments, the United States took on a new character unlike any other nation to that day. The Bill of Rights, largely drawn up by James Madison has been the topic of many heated debates almost since its inception, and in fact continues to be a topic of debate to this very day. The amendments to the Constitution did not come into existence without re...

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